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Military Records DD 214

Utah’s hospitals prepare to ration care

Record number of coronavirus patients flood their ICUs

C & P Exams

What you need to know prior to your C & P Exam

Your Health

Urgent Care Centers

One of the most important benefits you have

today is the authorization to use an urgent care center near to you.

But first, you have to

print your paperwork

to take with you. 

​Don't wait until

you need this

benefit to prepare for it. Read this now,

print your papers

and be prepared!

Do you need some help

filing a claim?

Would you like to learn about your state's veterans benefits?

Not all 'Vet reps" are the same. Many are well meaning volunteers who aren't well trained.

Your state provides the CVSO for you to get the help you need delivered by a professional. ​​

National Association
of County Veterans Service


These are the folks you should speak with first. They can help you with disability and education benefits, survivor benefits and a whole lot more. 

​If you aren't comfortable with DIY, here's the help you need!

TDIU  -  Unemployability

Veterans Affairs Department


Computer Matching Program

No More VA Form 21-4140

Advisory Committee

on Disability Compensation 

Notice of Meeting

​​For any public member who would like to attend

the virtual meeting, please use the call-in number

1-800-767-1750; and access code: 75937#

Are You Rated For A Spine Condition?

Mistakes Have Been made!

Accuracy of Claims Decisions Involving
Conditions of the Spine

You Need An IMO!

Listen to the CDC

and stock up on these 8 coronavirus

essentials while you still can

Training book used for VA

'How To Lie With Statistics'

Your Questions, Answered
September 2020

I get a lot of questions about divorce.
Check it out...if you have questions

or comments <>

How  To  Win

BVA Annual Report 2018

Board Dispositions By Representation Page 31

​Appeals Awarded

Attorney  44.61% 

​Agent 38.79%    

State Service Officer 35.17%    

American Legion 34.53%    

Disabled American Veterans  33.70%

I'm an epidemiologist

Here are 5 things you should do right now to ride the wave of new COVID cases and prepare for the long winter


​Lodging & Camping in southern Illinois with access to the Shawnee National​

We offer lodging, camping,

​stabling, corral, pasture,

access to a hunting lease and

discounts for America's

military veterans!

Veteran Disability Claims 

Nexus and IMO Letters

Military Programs and Benefits

​Health Care, Housing, Education

Get copies of your Official Military Personnel File

​Update your family members in DEERS

​Transfer your GI Bill education benefits​​

COVID-19 Laws and Legal Resources

​Legal Rights and Information

Regarding Coronavirus

Refill Your VA Prescriptions

​Online with MyHealtheVet 

​The Rx Refill Mobile App 

Call your local VA

Pharmacy number

on the prescription label

​​By mail: VA Refill Form

Welcome to the KnowVA Knowledge Base

Locate information more quickly and efficiently

Stateside Legal Help For Veterans


Web Automated Reference Material System
Compensation and Pension Materials

How Divorce, Alimony, and Child Support

Affect Veterans' VA Benefits
VA benefits can be garnished only for spousal
or child support, and only

under certain conditions.

How to file a VA

disability claim
Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation

or increased disability compensation.




Documents published on 02/07/2018

Veterans Affairs Department

Disclosure of Certain Protected Records

without Written Consent

​Recent changes in law, to include the VA MISSION

Act of 2018, now authorize VA to disclose

certain protected records to non- VA entities

PAPER   Evidence

​Goes Here

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief

​Volume: 1

Date: 2019-07-01

Original Date: 2019-07-01

Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL

Subpart B

Disability Ratings
The Musculoskeletal System

VA Expands Caregiver Stipend

to Cover Eligible Vietnam,

Korea and World War II Veterans

Untreated Hearing Loss Linked

To Loneliness And Isolation For Seniors

Did you know that hearing loss and tinnitus are the

most commonly rated veterans disabilities? Did you

know that hearing loss and tinnitus can cause

other secondary conditions, particularly mental

health problems like depression and loneliness?

A State-by-State Look at Coronavirus in Prisons
See how the virus has affected

correctional facilities where you live


Volunteer lawyers

will advise military personnel

questioning the legality of orders during

protests, election disputes

​V A Claims Intake Center
PO BOX 4444

53547- 4444
Toll Free Fax:


The Debt

Management Center

Submit a waiver or compromise request here

​​Is it fake news ?

Or is it the real deal?

Don't believe everything you read.

Use  Google Fact Check Tools  and know what's really happening.

Veterans Psych Evaluations
 Brett Valette, Ph.D.

Providing Military Veterans Personalized Psychological and Medical Evaluations. Complete the Contact form, and you'll get a personal phone call from us. We listen, and want to know what you are going through. We provide Independent Medical Evaluations (IME), Independent Medical Opinions (IMO) and nexus letters for ratings reviews, secondary conditions, medical conditions, discharge upgrades, and many types of denied claims.  We also provide Social Security Disability claim reports.

Some Wounds Can't Be Seen        Contact Us Today

Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA

disability benefits. Jim writes extensively about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 
Jim's Mailbag is a regular column featured at  Stateside Legal  where veterans, servicemembers,

and family members can  ask Jim their questions  about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 

Are You Feeling Overwhelmed

By All The

Pandemic News???

Call and talk about

it right now!

Using VA Benefits to Pay for Long-Term Care
Veterans with VA health care may be

eligible to receive long-term care coverage

Welcome Home

To Your Veterans Affairs Benefits

Since 2005   we have been all about providing American military veterans the latest news about the

Department of Veterans Affairs & Social Security Administration's disability benefits process. 

No Registration  -  No Sign Up Required  -  No Fees  -  No Endless Chatter

Just the facts you need to deal with your Department of Veterans Affairs

Extra Schedular Rating

​Extra schedular ratings under

38 C.F.R. § 3.321(b)

​How can I get an extra schedular rating?

Extra Schedular rating veterans affairs benefits

must first show that the veteran’s

conditions result in a disability picture

that is not covered by the schedule of ratings. 

VA OCONUS Connection

Overseas Military Service Coordinators

OCONUS Connection FAQs​​

Wounded Warrior Project Veterans Benefits

​​​C&P Service Clinician’s Guide
Scheduled For A C & P???    Filing A Claim?
This is a must read for you!!!​
I've been posting this again and again over the years and it's still one of the best ways

I know to win your case.

Published in 2002 the principles and much of the

verbiage still applies and is in daily use at the VA. 

Combine these principles

with  an IMO  and you win.

VA Urgent Care Pharmacy Locations
Find VA-approved urgent care/retail location

pharmacies near a specific

address or ZIP code, or search by VA Facility.

Third wave of coronavirus infections in the U.S.?

More like 'wildfire,' epidemiologist says

Coronavirus update

U.S. case tally tops 8.7 million

Seven-Day Record

More than 20 states seeing most new cases

since start of the outbreak

It’s going to disappear one day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear. It affects elderly people. Elderly people with heart problems and other problems. But it affects virtually nobody. It’s an amazing thing. This is a flu. This is like a flu. The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA… Stock Market starting to look very good to me! 

You have to be calm. It’ll go away. 

No, I’m not concerned at all. 

Dow futures fall 460 points

Wall Street grapples with rising Covid cases

Department of Veterans Affairs

​VA Disability Compensation

​​Actions Needed to Enhance

Information about Veterans’ Health Outcomes

​What GAO Found In fiscal year 2018, about 54 percent

of veterans receiving Department of Veterans Affairs

(VA) disability compensation had at least one VA

outpatient visit to treat an injury or illness that VA

deemed was incurred or aggravated during

military service (i.e., a service-connected condition). 


​Government Accountability Office

​Better Data Needed to Assess the Health Outcomes of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Veterans

White House lists ending Covid-19

pandemic as an accomplishment

​"The great work the Trump Administration

is doing to end the pandemic

is a top priority and worthy of highlighting,"

White House Declares

Pandemic Over

As It Cites Renowned Scientist

Ivanka Trump

​The Trump administration triumphantly

declared victory over the coronavirus

pandemic on Tuesday, one week before

the 2020 election and with COVID-19

cases surging across the country.


Record number of COVID-19 deaths

hospitalizations and cases in


on Tuesday​

​Sears Archives​

More than 100 years of history now available online

Mote v. Wilkie, No. 19-2367 (Fed. Cir. 2020)

​Mote served in the Air Force, 1961-1965,

participating in missions to Vietnam, where Agent

Orange was deployed. Mote later developed

coronary artery disease and lung cancer. 

Who Is Dying

From Covid-19? Why?
Data shows cases are growing among younger age groups, but elderly still bear ‘burden of mortality’

Website Monitoring Tool

Hey Jim...

Can you explain just how the

TDIU benefit works?

​I can go you one better...I have

  the very best explanation of TDIU

you'll ever read right here.  

An informed veteran will always fare better

in the VA benefits plan. Know your rights,

demand your rights!

How to Spot a Military Impostor
The detectives who investigate fake stories of military service use many tools, including shame.

The Department of Veterans Affairs

​White House Hotline

855 - 948 - 2311    ​<>

Yes, this really works. No, it doesn't ring in the White House. The email address and phone number are staffed by a seemingly serious group of players, many who are veterans, and if you have a legit issue, telling these folks is like bringing in the artillery. Let's prepare  for your call or email. Make some notes before you proceed so you don't forget anything. I prefer email since there's no waiting for someone to answer and I can take my time to prepare the story in just the right detail. Be sure to include your DOB, your last 4, contact info...a couple of numbers, your preferred email and such. Describe the problem as briefly as you can.  Less is more.  Include the necessary

components but don't tell your life story.  Don't rant.  Be polite...military courtesy will get you places that hollering  IN ALL CAPS  won't.  Respect!  Don't waste their time with bogus complaints about your feelings being hurt. If you appropriately utilize this service,

I'll vouch that this works like a champ.

Tell them you read about this at The VAWatchdog Dot Org...they know who we are.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Privacy Act of 1974 Computer Matching Program

​​Pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidelines on the Conduct of Matching Programs, notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intends to conduct a computer matching program with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Data from the proposed match will be used to verify the net earnings from

self-employment and wages of nonservice-connected veterans, and those veterans who are zero percent service-connected (noncompensable), whose eligibility for VA medical care is based on their inability to defray the cost of medical care. These veterans supply household income information that includes their spouses and dependents at the time of application for VA health care benefits.

Veterans Benefits Administration


Detailed Claims Data

Claims Inventory 

​​Claims Backlog 

I'm Jim Strickland

and ​I approve of this message.

More than 5,000 VA patients are

dealing with active cases of coronavirus

​​The number of active cases has doubled in the last

40 days. At least 3,830 VA patients — more than 5

percent — have died from complications related to the virus

Welcome Home

We're glad you're here!

Stay a while, won't you?
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

​Press 1


The Congressional Budget Office

​Vietnam Veterans’ Income in Retirement

Download VA

benefit letters
To receive some benefits, Veterans need a letter

proving their status. 

Jim Strickland

Do You Need

Medical Care

​You are already authorized

to use an urgent

care clinic!

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14% increase in child Covid-19 cases

Close to 800,000 US kids infected

Long-term unemployment spikes for

millions of Americans

 Aid that’s kept them afloat may end soon

Step One:

Evidence of the disabling event.

Step Two:

A medical diagnosis of the condition

resulting from the above event.

Step Three:

A timely record of treatment and therapy

from the original disabling event.


38 CFR Part 9

​Extension of Veterans’ Group Life

Insurance (VGLI) Application Periods

38 CFR Book C 

Schedule for Rating Disabilities